Finding healthy food in an airport is like finding a needle in a haystack. Burgers, fries, cheese covered cheese…I feel greasy just thinking about it.
So, usually when I am traveling, I duck into that coffee chain, and after 15 minutes of waiting in line, I get my cup. And while I am standing there, I have time to really study their impulse buy snack offerings. These little bags of cranberry cashews jumped out at me, so I bought some, and was instantly hooked. I would buy two, and along with my cream spiked coffee, took my lunch break on the flight.
Regular, salted nuts are not my thing. (I hear a gasp from the readership…) yup, it’s true. But nuts with just a tad of sweetness and spice are a true weakness of mine. I decided to recreate my airport coffee shop cashew treat at home, as those little bags never made it home with me to enjoy later. And, a little bag can never be a big bag. I wanted a bigger bunch of cashews.
Making these spicy sesame covered cashews could not have been easier. One minute in the microwave, then 10-12 minutes in the oven, I got over a pound of these yummy salty sweet snacks, ready for the road or TV time. I may make a large batch for friends for holiday gifts, or hostess gifts. Knowing me, I would probably squirrel away half of the batch of cashews for myself.
Where I really think these cashews will shine will be with cocktails and friends. The roasted dried cranberries are chewy against the crunchy cashew and sesame seeds. Try serving alongside a dry cocktail, such as a gimlet, margarita on the rocks, or a good ol’ fashioned scotch and soda.
Next time I am at the airport, I will probably skip that long line at the coffee shop and head straight for the free coffee on the plane. A big bag of homemade cashews will definitely be in my carry-on.
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